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Gerhard Richter

VII. 91

India ink on paper
1991
24 x 33 cm / 9 1/2 x 13 in.
signed, dated and titled upper left

Long before Gerhard Richter created the group of works in 1976 which he defined as Abstract Picture, there were abstract works in his oeuvre (which are not included in his catalogue raisonné). A early as 1960, when he was still in Dresden, Richter created the drawing „Ohne Titel (Ist das ein Land)“ („Untiled (Is That a Country), which he, from India ink splashed onto the paper, turned into a kind of map by adding contours to single structures and shapes. The present work from a series of 23 was also created by using variably diluted India ink. About abstraction the artist said in 2009 in a conversation with Ulrich Wilmes: „Something we do with every other picture, with anything at all that we see, we look for resemblances with objects and states which we know and which we have memorized. And of course in completely non-representational picture there are innumerable areas which remind us of something, which resemble something. However, these partial resemblances never result in a normal figure or something like that. So they show another world, an artificial one, and that is why I think it is useful if we take these abstract, not identifiable sights just as literally as we do with a photograph, which represents an actual object.“

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